Cadillac CTS

Cadillac CTS

  The Cadillac CTS is a mid-size produce by General Motors since 2002. So far, it has seen two generations with a third in the works for 2013. The current model is offered in sedan, coupe, and sport-wagon variants with a choice of three different engines. The first is a 3.0L V6 developing 260hp and 223 lb-ft of torque. The second engine is a 3.6L V6 producing 304hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the top of the line 6.2L Supercharged V8 engine delivers 556hp and 551 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Station wagons are boring! We generally agree with this statement, but when we’re talking about a $64,340 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon and a $94,075 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate , boring shouldn’t be anywhere near the front of our minds. In fact, we’d take one of these killer grocery-toting family vehicles over our current SUV any day of the week!

The Cadillac CTS-V Wagon is powered by a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. As a comparison, the E63 AMG Estate features a 6.2 Liter AMG V8 that delivers 525 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. Motor Trend took the two sports wagons and put them through an impressive test drive that includes a short trip to a drag strip. Which was the best of two? Find out by watching this 9 minute video. We can assure you that it will be worth it!

Cadillac has announced a new Touring package available for all models in the CTS line: coupe , sedan , and station wagon . Priced at $2,065, the new Touring Package adds luxury features such as Recaro seats, microfiber suede inserts on the seats and steering wheel, high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, a performance-tuned suspension, a V-series aerodynamic spoiler, and performance wheel packages.

The new Touring Package can be combined with both 3.0 liter and 3.6 liter V6 engines. In the 3.0L version, it brings 18-inch pearl nickel finish wheels; dual exhaust; dark finish grille; HID headlamps and fog lamps; V-Series aerodynamic center high mounted stop lamp; suede seat inserts, steering wheel and shifter; midnight Sapele wood trim ; and metal pedals.

The 3.6 L package adds Recaro performance seating, suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, midnight Sapele wood trim, and metal pedals.

The Touring Package for the Cadillac CTS adds another $2,065 to the standard vehicle’s price - $36,790 for the sedan, $39,590 for the coupe, and $39,890 for the sport wagon.

At this time of the year, Santa Claus is probably getting his reindeer ready for what is always a busy next few weeks. It’s hard enough to drop down chimneys and bring presents to every house with a young child, but it’s equally as tough to be doing it with out-of-shape reindeer.

But thanks to Bullett Motorsports, Rudolph and the gang could take a few days off this year, thanks to a brand new ride that was delivered exclusively for Saint Nick himself: a Cadillac CTS-V .

In this video, we see Santa Claus getting his hands on his "new sled," which appropriately enough was given a red nose, some matching antlers, and a nameplate that says "reindeer."

To our surprise, Santa seems to be at-home with the CTS-V, even finding the right mix of acceleration and hand brake-handling to serve up a couple of burnouts with his new "Rudo-llac."

We didn’t know Santa was so efficient in the art of donuts because history has shown the only donuts he knows about are the kind with sugar glaze on it. Seeing the man perform the "other kind" of donut with relative ease makes us love the man even more.

Hennessey has a way of doing business that makes you want to throw money at them, especially when it deals with automotive tuning. These guys know what they’re doing and if you have a car like a Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon and you’re not satisfied with its standard specs, the right thing to do is pick up the phone and have Hennessey give it the boost you’ve always wanted.

The American tuning company’s V700 program is a good choice for that. Not only does it have a few styling tweaks to make the car a little more eye-friendly, but more importantly, it has the perfect performance improvements that can turn your CTS-V wagon from a mild-mannered family ride into a snorting piece of action-packed mayhem.

Remember the Cadillac CTS-V Black Diamond Edition that we profiled a couple of months back? Well, it’s essentially the same program except that it doesn’t come with the special edition enhancements of the Black Diamond. So even if you ’only’ have a standard CTS-V Sport Wagon, never fear because Hennessey will give it the kind of engine nip and tuck that you’ve always wanted.

UPDATE 11/09/2011: Check out Hennessey’s new video release showing their CTS-V Sport Wagon achieve 10.69 seconds at 134.69 mph in the 1/4 Mile!

Find out more about the Cadillac CTS-V V700 Sport Wagon by Hennessey after the jump.

Justin Bieber is one lucky cat. Not only is his face tacked on the walls of just about every teenage girl’s room in this country - which we don’t particularly care for - but he’s also parlayed his millions into a growing stable of exotic supercars.

One of these exotics, a tricked-out Cadillac CTS-V Coupe that he affectionately calls his "Batmobile," was customized by noted American tuning company West Coast Customs and will be featured in the finale of its show, Inside West Coast Customs on November 6, 2011. The building process behind this Caddy will be prominently featured on the show, but if you can’t wait for it to be aired, you can find out a preview of it right here.

What initially started as a red CTS-V Coupe was eventually turned into a matte black piece of stealthy American bad-assery. Since it’s owned by the Biebs himself, it was important to have the car have its own ’JB’ badges. The car also gets suicide doors that add even more personality to Bieber’s American sports car. As far as the interior of the Caddy "Batmobile" is concerned, West Coast Customs did the honors and dressed up the car in black leather and suede with matching purple stitching, JB logos decked in Swarovski crystals, and an extensive sound system that fits into Bieber’s vibrant and larger-than-life personality.

Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO of West Coast Customs, couldn’t have been more thrilled with how the build turned out. "It’s not every day the world’s most influential and powerful teen sensation comes into my shop," he said.

"Together, we created something that Justin didn’t have — the sickest CTS-V on Earth, that even exceeded Justin’s expectations."

Check out the season finale of Inside West Coast Customs at 8 pm on Sunday November 6, 2011 on Velocity.

Chevrolet Corvette Carlisle Blue Grand Sport Concept

With the exception of the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro , sports cars - modified ones, at that - are considered the life blood of the SEMA Auto Show.

Pick-ups and SUVs are slowly gaining ground, but when it comes to sheer level of interest, sports cars are right up there with the two American muscle cars. This year, the SEMA Auto Show will be presenting plenty of mouth-watering examples of how sports coupes can be modded into pieces of automotive heaven.

In this list, you’ll find a lot of variety. American sports cars. Japanese sports cars. Korean sports cars. And there’s even one from the Philippines, believe it or not.

So when you head past the jump to read our SEMA preview for the sports cars, be sure to have a napkin or hanky in your hand because there’s going to a lot of drooling.

Find out more about the 2011 SEMA Auto Show: Sports Cars after the jump.

The days when 1,000 horsepower cars were nothing more than myths and figments of our imagination are long gone. These days, they’re bringing thrown around like water balloons on a hot summer afternoon. Okay, it still doesn’t happen as often, but you get the point.

Over the past few days, we learned that two Cadillac CTS-V Coupes headed to the ultimate showcase of automotive excess, the SEMA Auto Show , will serve notice to the aftermarket industry that these bad boys are not be messed with. We already covered the V1000 Martin a few days ago so now it’s time for us to introduce the ’Le Monstre.’

As the work of the "D3 Group," the CTS-V Le Monstre takes its name from the 1950 Cadillac Coupe Series 61, a car that competed in the 24 Hours of LeMans way back when in the 50’s. Fast forward six decades later and the namesake will surely make its predecessor proud.

This Cadillac sports coupe was named ’Le Monstre’ for a reason, and that reason takes shape through a heavily modified 6.2-liter LSA V8 engine that was turned into 7.0-liter engine with matching upgraded internals. The result is a powertrain that packs a walloping 1,001 horsepower and 1,000 lb/ft of torque. Ay, caramba!

To allow the car to look and handle as well as it should given the significant spike in output, the D3 Group also gave the CTS-V Coupe a a stealthy Matte Black wrap courtesy of Wraptivo, a custom wide-body kit, an upgraded chassis and suspension system, and a new set of 20" wheels wrapped in Toyo Proxes T1R UHP tires.

Talk about living up to your ’Le Monstre’ monicker.

The Cadillac CTS-V Coupe is a fast car in its own right, thanks to it carrying a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 556 horsepower and 551 lb/ft of torque. But what happens when 556 and 551 just aren’t enough? Well, you turn up the heat and pack more performance. Hello Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" by Martin Technologies!

Speaking of power, there’s a reason why this car was codenamed the ’Martin V1000.’ It’s powered by a 7.0-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces a mind-blowing 1,000 horsepower at 7,100 rpm and 900 lb/ft torque at 5,500 rpm, good enough figures to post a 0-60 mph time of just 3.5 seconds with a top speed that goes well north of 200 mph.

To go with all that unmistakable power, Martin Technologies made sure that the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe looked about as good as any car with that much power should. So they dressed up the CTS-V Coupe with a Martin Technologies-designed body kit that comprises of two rear pieces, two rockers, a front chin spoiler, a rear decklid spoiler, and a set of custom 22" three-piece custom wheels and tires.

With all these modifications in tow, it’s no wonder why the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe "Martin V1000" Edition is garnering so much attention. Awesome good looks notwithstanding, the car’s modified, 1,000 horsepower engine is enough reason to make clients reach for their checkbooks when they see the car at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show .

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

This week’s episode of Top Gear is probably the most disgusting episode we have ever seen. The guys were faced with the challenge of finding the best car for $500 and driving them 500 miles from Santa Monica to Twin Peaks in San Francisco. At first, we could only imagine just how crappy these cars were, then the Top Gear crew let us know.

In addition to the foul $500 car challenge, Ruttledge Wood was given the chance to review the scintillating Cadillac CTS-V in all three body styles: coupe , sedan , and wagon . The wagon was by far Rutt’s favorite and he was absolutely clear on that.

We were also treated to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine as he cruised around the Top gear test track in the show’s Suzuki SX4 . His driving may not have been top notch, but he was extremely successful at cursing up a storm.

Hit the jump for details on Top Gear USA: Season 2 Episode 6.

After showing the world what a CTS Coupe could look like, the next logical step for the Cadillac family was to add a factory tuned V-Series version of the new Coupe to the American luxury automaker’s range. The CTS-V Coupe will be the last version in the CTS lineup with no convertible model currently scheduled for production.

Just like the award winning Cadillac CTS-V , the Coupe is powered by an LSA 6.2 Liter supercharged Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 V8 that makes a maximum output of 556 HP and 551 lb-ft of torque and is mated to either a Tremec TR6060 six speed manual with a twin plate clutch to handle the extra horse power or a Hydra-Matic 6L90 six speed automatic complete with paddle shifters on the steering wheel that allow you to push button your way from 0 to 60 MPH in only 3.9 seconds.

The exterior of this sporty coupe features a modified front grill that essentially doubles the CTS’s air intake volume as well as a raised center section in the hood to provide room for the blower that eventually spits spent gasses out of a unique twin tipped center exit exhaust. However the CTS-V Coupe is capped off by the 19 inch cast aluminum alloys that are available in either painted or polished finishes and wrapped with a set of sticky Michelin Pilot Sport 2 performance tires, all housing a monstrous set of Brembo brake calipers. We just hope they have enough spare parts left over to make a couple CTS-V Sport Wagons.

Updated 01/13/10: Three new videos added, including the Detroit revealing and the presentation video. Check them out!

UPDATE 01/03/2011: Cadillac has just revealed two new commercials for the CTS-V Coupe featuring Lawrence Fishburne. The commercials are called "Red Blooded Luxury" and "Arrows" and both feature the same tagline: "We don’t just make luxury cars, we make Cadillacs." Check them out by clicking on the picture above.

UPDATE 08/29/11: According to Cadillac, the breadth of technology that was used on the CTS-V represents a significant breakthrough in the industry, especially their so-called "Magnetic Ride Control Technology." Exactly how much of an innovation is it? Apparently, enough to even make Ferrari borrow it. Check out the new Cadillac commercial explaining how it all happened.

Press release after the jump.


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